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Lilbits 378: An AMD Ryzen-powered “NUC” and putting Samsung’s Galaxy Fold claims to the test

Intel’s NUC line of computers are compact desktops that are powered by Intel processors… by definition. Intel has the trademark on the NUC name, so any computer that doesn’t have an Intel chip isn’t likely to be called an NUC anytime soon. That said, there are a bunch of third-party mini PCs that look an […]

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Calibre eBook manager hits version 3.0

Calibre is a powerful tool for managing a collection of eBooks on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It also includes tools for converting eBooks from one format to another and supports a wide-range of third-party plugins for doing things like finding duplicates, searching your local public library’s OverDrive eBook collection, and… other things. It took […]

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Kindle for PC gains text-to-speech (but makes stripping DRM harder)

Amazon has released a new version of its Kindle for PC software that allows you to read eBooks on a computer running Windows 7 or later. Kindle for PC version 1.19.2 includes typesetting enhancements, search improvements, and a text-to-speech feature which allows the app to read some eBooks aloud to you. But there is at […]

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Calibre eBook manager turns it up to 1.0 (7 years after launch)

Calibre is an eBook management app that lets you organize your digital book library, sync content to an eReader, download metadata from the internet, convert eBooks from one format to another, and even strip DRM from eBooks you’ve purchased (if you have the appropriate plugins). The app’s been one of the most powerful, versatile eBook […]

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Calibre eBook manager hits 0.9, adds better Android phone, tablet support, portable installer

Calibre is probably one of the best tools available for managing and reading eBooks on a PC. Recently the developer released version 0.9, making a great app even better. Key features in Calibre 0.9 include an enhanced eBook viewer, a portable install option, improved support for sending books to Android phones and tablets, and an […]

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Cheapskate’s guide to using an Amazon Kindle (How to find free eBooks)

Amazon’s newest Kindle eReaders are now available, with starting prices as low as $69. That’s a pretty great price for a portable device with an E Ink display, a 2 month battery, and the ability to store a thousand digital books. A Kindle isn’t much use unless you also have a few books to read. […]